Hands down, this is the best eco-lodge on the gulf, combining comfortable, upscale accommodations and great food with an emphasis on adventure on both land and sea. Out the front door of the lodge are beach, bay, and mangroves, with kayaks, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, and swimming. Through the back door is a forested mountain with hiking trails, a waterfall, plenty of wildlife, and a resident naturalist to interpret the trails. The Edible Garden tour is a hit with visitors,
especially when it includes turning raw cacao beans into chocolate cake. The night walks are filled with nocturnal natural wonders; you will often see more creatures than during daylight tours. For contemplative types, there is a yoga deck and a resident yoga instructor who does double duty as a massage therapist. The palatial two-story main lodge is a tree house, crafted from 15 kinds of wood. Luxurious, hexagonal wooden cabins with open-air showers are scattered around a lush garden that ensures privacy. For guests more comfortable in rooms with walls, there's a stucco guesthouse with four large, comfortable rooms, shaded by mango trees. Imaginative meals are served family-style at a large table in the second-story dining room-cum-lounge with an unbeatable tropical-garden view.
Golfo Dulce, accessible only by boat from Golfito or Puerto Jiménez, Golfito, 60701, Costa Rica
/2258–8250-in San José; /2222–0704-in San José; 866-504–8116-in U.S.
Feb 25, 2014
Playa Nicuesa Lodge offers travelers a simple experience in nature. The owners have purposely kept accommodations, the main building and all waterfront structures as off the grid as possible. All structures and furnishings are made from local woods and are quite beautiful. Staff members were a joy! Smart, engaging and knowledgable, they made our stay informative and fun. The food was delicious and ample. Swimming in the Golfo Dulce was
very special, although getting into the water presented small problems. Rocky beachfront meant wearing water sandals when swimming off the coast; going in off the dock meant climbing a slimy ladder. The location, a sea level rain forest, left us feeling lethargic, given the heat and humidity. Potential visitors should be aware of this.